Soccer Falls 5-0 to Texas Tech, Snaps Four-Game Unbeaten Streak
LUBBOCK, Texas – Although the Northern Arizona soccer team was outshot by only a 13-5 margin, they fell 5-0 to Texas Tech, Sunday Morning at the John Walker Soccer Complex. The loss snapped the Lumberjacks' four-game unbeaten streak. NAU allowed three first half goals, including two in less than a minute between the 19th and 20th minutes, to fall to 1-7-3 on the season.
"I thought we came out flat today," said head coach Andre Luciano. "We didn't have a sense of urgency and when you give up a goal four minutes into the game, it puts you on your heels. Then to give up two goals in a 45-second stretch, it's a little too much to overcome on the road. We have to come out with a little more sense of focus."
Senior Sam Monahan led the Lumberjacks with three shots, two on goal, including the team's first shot in the 33rd minute. By that point, the Red Raiders had struck with its first three goals. Senior Madison Terry put Texas Tech on the board with a goal in the fourth minute, and sophomore Jessica Fuston added the first two of her three goals in the game in a span of 43 seconds.
Down 3-0 at halftime, Monahan tried to get the Lumberjacks on the scoreboard two minutes into the second half, but her shot was saved by sophomore Victoria Esson, Texas Tech's goalkeeper. Fuston would complete her hat trick in the 58th minute and the Red Raiders tacked on a final goal at the 76:46 mark to complete the game's scoring.
Sophomore Lauren Weaver made four saves and senior Katie Tribbey and sophomore Elinor Priest both had a shot apiece. Priest's shot in the 86th minute narrowly missed giving the Lumberjacks its first goal of the game when it hit off the post.
NAU opens up Big Sky conference play on Friday against Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo. The Lumberjacks defeated the Bears twice last season, both 1-0 games in Flagstaff. The wins came in consecutive weeks in the regular season finale and the semifinals of the Big Sky Tournament.